Francis raises hopes of breakthrough in relations with China Premium

04 February 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
Pope Francis has given his first interview on China praising it as a great country and a civilisation that the Church should respect. Speaking to Asia Times, the website successor to the Asia Times newspaper, this week he said: “For me, China has always been a reference point of greatness. A great country. But more than a country, a great culture, with an inexhaustible wisdom.”“It is necessary to recognise the greatness of the Chinese people, who have always maintained their culture. And their culture – I am not speaking about ideologies that there may have been in the past – their culture was not imposed.”Francis has expressed a hope to visit China, and for many years the Vatican has been working to establish full diplomatic relations with the country.

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